Rich Chocolate Christmas Pudding `

Ingredients:

250g/ 8 oz Odlums Self Raising Flour 125g / 4 oz Butter (softened) 175g / 6 oz Dark Brown Sugar 3 Eggs 150ml / 1/4 pt Milk 1 level teaspoon Cinnamon 150g / 5 oz chopped Dates 90g / 3oz Dark Chocolate roughly chopped 60g / 2oz chopped Apricots

Caramel Sauce

175g / 6 oz Butter 175g / 6oz Golden Syrup 2 tablespoons Dark Brown Sugar

Method:

  1. Place the butter sugar, eggs, flour, milk and cinnamon in a bowl and beat with a wooden spoon for 2-3 minutes, or with a hand whisk for 1-2 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  2. Stir in the chopped dates, chocolate pieces and apricots.
  3. Turn the mixture into a buttered 1.25 litre / 2 pint pudding bowl and cover with cling film.
  4. Pierce cling film several times and microwave on medium for 12-15 minutes, until the mixture is firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean, apart from traces of melted chocolate.
  5. Leave to rest for 5 minutes.
  6. Caramel Sauce
  7. Place all ingredients in a small saucepan and stir while bringing to the boil. Simmer for 1-2 minutes until syrupy
  8. Turn the pudding on to a serving plate and pour some of the caramel sauce over the top. Serve with cream and the remaining caramel sauce.

Recipe Notes:

To Prepare ahead: Make pudding and cover with cling film up to 24 hours ahead.

 

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